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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON FEBRUARY 12

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, February 12, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening February 12. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

'Charles Dickens at 200' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar. It includes quite a bit of Christmas-themed material, including the one-and-only manuscript of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's first edition.

'Brazil! Brazil!' - The New Victory Theater
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Escape the February freeze and bask in the bright sunshine of this sizzling South American celebration that blends the exhilarating rhythms of Rio Carnaval with acrobatics and soccer-inspired street dance. Brazil's National Freestyle Football Champion, Arturo, joins a team of stunning singers, dancers, and musicians to infuse his superstar brand of athleticism and talent into this euphoric production. Lightning-fast flips and footwork, magnetic capoeira, and infectious, non-stop drumbeats create a happy and highly contagious case of futebol fever.

Bari Koral Family Rock Band in Concert - Caspary Auditorium at Rockefeller University
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

On Valentine's Day, the Bari Koral Family Rock Band will release its sophomore CD, "Anna and the Cupcakes," a 10-song collection of indelible melodies that range stylistically from sprightly pop-rock to infectious blues to country-tinged rock. At this interactive live show, kids can "pop like popcorn," "surf the waves," and "run like the gingerbread man." "Anna and the Cupcakes" CDs will be available at the venue for purchase and each purchase will include a FREE cupcake. The show is Presented by the Child Family Center At Rockefeller University.

Winter Workspace: Open Studios - Wave Hill
February 12, 2012 - Bronx

For the third winter, Glyndor Gallery is transformed into studio spaces for artists to develop new work and offer opportunities for public interaction in the context of the garden. Individual artists share their studio practice with the public on this open studio day. Artists include Carrie Beckmann, Danielle Durchslag, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Nick Lamia, and Adam Parker Smith. Registration not required. Free with grounds admission.

Family Art Project: Hearts and Flowers - Wave Hill
February 12, 2012 - Bronx

Breathe in the fragrance of greenhouse blossoms and appreciate their colorful blooms. Use them as inspiration to make lovely, lacy and flowerful Valentine's Day cards. Free with grounds admission.

Gustafer Yellowgold's Golden Heart Symphony - Symphony Space
February 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

Morgan Taylor will bring the multimedia magic of his indie-rock Gustafer Yellowgold shows to a whole new level with this premiere, filling the stage with the lush orchestral sounds of The Chelsea Symphony. Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods. Morgan Taylor developed the Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook, in which the music is coordinated with full-color, large screen, gorgeously animated images of Gustafer and his friends. At Symphony Space, Morgan Taylor and The Yellowgold Band will be joined by The Chelsea Symphony for a breathtakingly epic symphonic journey into Gustafer's world. Because The Chelsea Symphony is noted for cutting-edge repertoire that challenges and expands the traditional parameters of a symphonic ensemble, pairing the orchestra with Gustafer Yellowgold is a match made in heaven. With the Gustafer Yellowgold's Golden Heart Symphony show, Morgan Taylor layers the traditional Gustafer Yellowgold experience over the sumptuous and vivid orchestrations of Robert Nelson (who, with librettist Buck Ross, gave E.M. Foster's beloved "A Room With a View" new life as an operatic masterpiece).

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents 'Time Bandits' - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

A young boy meets a restless band of little people through a time hole in his closet. He joins them on their escape from their employer (the Supreme Being) after "borrowing" his map of the universe's time holes to hunt for treasure. They run through different periods of history before encountering the Fortress of Ultimate Darkess, where evil lives and must be defeated. Terry Gilliam's lovingly crafted adventure is a funny, rambunctious delight (featuring, along the way, John Cleese, Sean Connery, and Michael Palin). (Terry Gilliam, UK, 1981, Digital; 110 minutes.) Family Film-goers can stop at Indie Food and Wine before or after the film for an afternoon treat like the "indie lunch box," a meal that features a New York State cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on multi-grain bread with an apple and house-made hot chocolate ($6).

Debbie and Friends in Concert - 92YTribeca
February 12, 2012 - Tribeca

The band takes a joyful jaunt through a variety of styles, including pop, country, rock, and reggae. Kids become the Big Bad Wolf and blow the house down, fix Rosie's wrong rhymes, and test their skills with the "Simon Says Song." The band includes a variety of musicians and instruments, including keyboard, all sorts of hand percussion, energetic and sometimes zany backing vocalists, saxophones, banjo, fiddle, flute, and even whistles. Kids are active participants in every song and the audience is as much a part of the show as Debbie and her band.

"The Festival of the Vegetables" - The Metropoiltan Playhouse
February 12, 2012 - East Village

If you're finished with "Nutcracker" sweets, savor this ballet in which the props are crops and the produce aisle comes to life in a sparkling salad of color, music, and poetry.

Family Day Celebration: African-American Arts, Amazing Grace - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
February 12, 2012 - Yonkers

An entire day of family activities around artist Winfred Rembert's exhibition, "Amazing Grace." From 1-1:30pm, walk around the gallery and talk with scholar Clifton Watson to learn about Rembert's life in civil rights-era Georgia. At 12:30pm or 2pm, take in a Planetarium show, "Follow the Drinking Gourd, Fact and Fiction," exploring whether slaves in the South really used the Big Dipper to find the way north. From 12-3pm, families can participate in one or more drop-in workshops: Leather Art-making led by artist John Ashford, or Felt and Carved Colorful Reliefs led by junior docents. From 2-3pm, storyteller and singer Vienna Carroll will sing gospel songs, and from 3:15-4:15pm, the 25-member Harambee Dance Company, in vibrant costume, weaves together African-based movement, dance, and percussion. All programs are free with museum admission.

Little Club Heads Family Dance Party: 'Valentine's Jam' - Broad Street Ballroom
February 12, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

Join a Valentine's Day-themed afternoon dance party for families with DJs, face painting, clowns, a balloon twister, cartoon characters, games, and special performances.

Interiors of the Islamic World: How Did They Do That? - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

Peek at technique, through handling tools and materials, and learn how works of art were created.

Second Sunday Family Tour: Collection Connection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

What makes a group of artwork a collection? Find connections among the works in the Thannhauser Collection in this tour that incorporates conversation and hands-on gallery activities for families with children ages 5-10. Registration required; call 212-423-3587.

Laura Veirs and the Tumble Bees in Concert - Joe's Pub
February 12, 2012 - NoHo

Laura Veirs celebrates the release of her first family music CD, "Tumble Bee," with her only NYC appearance. The Tumble Bees Tim Young and Alex Guy will perform on electric guitar and viola/keyboards, respectively, enchanting the audience with colorful and fanciful costumes and an interactive performance style. The youthful innocence in Veirs' voice lends itself well to the jaunty spirit of the album. The recording covers a wide range of folk songs, from early 20th century work songs to the ballads of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Harry Belafonte. The title track is an original by Karl Blau. Veirs and renowned record producer Tucker Martine, her long-time collaborator on seven of her eight records, have created a piece of art that is sure to appeal to children as well as adult fans of Veirs' previous work. The album features guest appearances by Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Bela Fleck, and Brian Blade (drummer for Bob Dylan) among many others.

The Paper Bag Players in "Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!" - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Make friends with a paper-bag dragon and help superhero Amazing Amy save the day. A dancing broom will teach you a lesson about keeping the planet clean, and Kevin will teach you the latest dance craze, the "Shakey Shake."

Kids 'N Comedy Presents 'Comics in Love' - Gotham Comedy Club
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Kids 'N Comedy, New York's leading presenter of young comic talent, will present "Comics in Love," a one-of-a-kind show of original standup material by teenage comedians. Love hurts. Especially when you have braces. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the teen Romeos and Juliets of Kids 'N Comedy will make light of the brutal, unforgiving experience that is 'first love.' Do you remember the first time you felt that warm, fuzzy feeling deep in your chest? For most of us, it's a time better left forgotten. Let Kids 'n Comedy remind you why you stayed single. With: Val Bodurtha, Ryan Drum, Eric Kurn, Daniel Laitman, Jake Sidransky, David Thompson and Conor Williams.

Sunday Science Spectacular: The Human Body - 92nd Street Y
February 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell are the great communicators to the brain about the world of feeling. Learn the fascinating ways they work, then explore a mystery bag of "sense" items and take it home.

Create Ability Series: Film - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

A program for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities and their families. Participants will view films and create their own "art in motion." Registration required; call 212-408-6347 or email accessprograms@moma.org.

'Giggle, Giggle, Quack' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Based on the book by Doreen Cronin, this musical is the sequel to the barnyard blockbuster "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type." Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. "But," he warns, "keep an eye on Duck. She's trouble." Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown's notes exactly...but is that giggling he hears? Who's REALLY running this farm?

Music for Autism - The JCC in Manhattan
February 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

An interactive, autism-friendly concert featuring a performance by renowned Broadway stars. Open for individuals with autism and their families. Advance registration required; visit www.musicforautism.org. Part of Reel Abilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival.

eBay and Brad Pitt?s 'Make It Right' Exhibition - Chelsea Market
February 12, 2012 - Chelsea

eBay and Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" invite you to a special exhibition of celebrity experiences and memorabilia for auction on eBay Celebrity, benefiting New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. The gallery is open to the public February 9-12 at the vibrant Chelsea Market in Manhattan. It will feature creative displays of a variety of items such a signed guitar by Katy Perry, a tennis match with Kevin Spacey, a gown worn by Charlize Theron, and much more.

'Rumpelstiltskin The Musical' - Main Stage Theater
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

The WorkShop Theater Company's co-production with Broadway Youth Ensemble features child-star performers from Broadway's "Mary Poppins," "Les Miserables," and "Ragtime," plus national tours of "Billy Elliot," "Shrek," "101 Dalmations," and more.

Pre-Valentine's Day Kids Brunch - Toloache 82
February 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

Chef Julian Medina, the chef/owner of six Mexican and Latin-inspired restaurants in New York City, will host a Children's Pre-Valentine's Day party at Toloache 82 on the Upper East Side. On both Saturday and Sunday, kids can enjoy: • Toloache's $15 kids prix-fixe brunch menu • Valentine's Day-themed arts and crafts • Complimentary face painting The restaurant's regular brunch and beverage menus will also be available for adults.

$5 Off Tickets to Galli's 'Princess and the Pea' - National Comedy Theatre
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Galli's 'Princess and the Pea' is an uplifting remake of the original Brothers Grimm story about a romantic prince who travels the world to find a true princess to marry. Many fake ones come to impress him, but only the royal princess pea test will reveal the truth. Kids are invited to interact with the actors during this musical show. Children are also invited to dress up in their favorite fairytale costumes or choose from Galli's costumes. Galli Theater specialists, who engage kids in fun activities including dances and games, will offer an award for the best costumes. Proceeds of ticket sales today will benefit Dr. Fairytale, a program that combines acting and storytelling to help sick children overcome anxiety and self-doubts. As part of the Dr. Fairytale Program, the theater pays regular visits to the Ronald McDonald House, where cancer-stricken children can enjoy fairytale performances. "Never have I seen kids stand up and fight for their ideas as during these fairytale performances," says Fordham Murdy, the program manager at Ronald McDonald House NY.

Park Here's Mommy Mornings - Openhouse Gallery
Through February 15, 2012 - NoLita

Openhouse Gallery provides moms with an escape from winter in a private, safe, and warm space. Park Here's Mommy Mornings at the pop-up park features mom and kids yoga, trunk shows, musical singalongs, arts and crafts workshops, and organic coffee and tea. For more information on specific daily activities, call or visit the website.

'The History Mystery' - TADA! Youth Theater
Through February 19, 2012 - Manhattan

A musical time-travel adventure in which you'll meet Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Wright Brothers as children and imagine why they grew up to do the things they did.

Bilingual Birdies: Spanish Program - Ottendorfer Public Library
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

A Spanish language and live music program for children ages newborn to 5 years old with a parent/caregiver. The bilingual musicians teach through music, movement, puppetry, and games.

Ice Skating at Citi Pond at Bryant Park - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Through February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Skate away at NYC's first and only free-admission ice skating rink. The 17,000-square-foot rink offers 360 degree viewing access and can accommodate up to 500 people. There will be themed family-friendly and children's events throughout the season complete with giveaways and promotions.

Galli's 'Aladdin' - National Comedy Theatre
Through February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Street urchin Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and a genie who will do his bidding, but a wicked magician tries to trick him. Kids will be invited to help so that Aladdin and his princess can find happiness.

'The Bully' - Vital Theatre Company
Through February 26, 2012 - Upper West Side

A bus mix-up strands Lenny, the nerd, and Steve, the bully, at the wrong school where they both get picked on for being "the new kids." The boys have to work together to get back to their school and begin to learn that they might not be so different after all.

Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 26, 2012 - Bronx

Discover the Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. Tour the many surprises in the Victorian-style glasshouse, where the harsh outdoor weather gives way to warm rain forest mists, soaring palm trees, and bright desert landscapes.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through February 29, 2012 - Upper East Side

This new interactive class for toddlers and their "big kids" includes storytelling, songs, activity play, and magic, all of which encourage socialization, creativity, imagination, and learning.

Just Drop In! - Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
Through February 29, 2012 - Upper East Side

Explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3-10.

Galli's 'Princess and the Pea' - National Comedy Theatre
Through February 29, 2012 - Manhattan

A romantic prince tries to find the right princess among all the fake ones that come to impress him by using the royal princess pea test. An acting workshop for kids follows the show.

Drop-In Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through February 29, 2012 - Upper East Side

Meet with other moms, babies, and a lactation specialist to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement.

Scavenger Hunt - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through February 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

Families head out with a list of clues that take them on a trip around the children's museum. Prizes for participation.

Living History Days - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through February 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

Watch actors, dressed in historically accurate clothing, bring the Revolutionary War to life.

Children's Program - Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders - New York Botanical Garden
Through March 02, 2012 - Bronx

Go on a scavenger hunt to discover tropical plants inside the warm Conservatory, then explore plants native to New York in the winter wonderland of the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Children sort fruits and leaves from around the world and pot plants to take home.

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through March 10, 2012 - Manhattan

Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces in this magic show where the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. Be prepared for striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. For more information on the show: www.theamazingmax.com.

New York Classical Theatre Presents 'Playing Moliere' - World Financial Center Winter Garden
Through March 11, 2012 - Battery Park City

In New York Classical Theatre's signature performance style, Panoramic Theatre, this unique production of Moliere's shorter comedies hearkens back to the 17th century playwright's roots in the Commedia dell'Arte. The characters of Playing Moliere, including cuckolded husbands, sneaky servants, demanding fathers, and quick-witted lovers, have inspired an entire generation of physical comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers.

R&R at the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special with workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, origami, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor and outdoor play, and more. There are programs for both children and adults.

'Make Art (in) Public' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through March 31, 2012 - SoHo

This exhibit includes works by artists such as Keith Haring, Swoon, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Remed, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Moondog, and Tranqui Yanqui. The exhibition explores the accessibility of the arts for the public; the ways in which public art is a product of and a contributor to the cultural fabric of communities big and small; as well as the positive impact of the arts on building and bettering society.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through March 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia in which two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch.

'Remembering 9/11' Exhibit - New-York Historical Society
Through April 01, 2012 - Upper West Side

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the New-York Historical Society presents this special exhibition, which includes a selection of several hundred photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition "here is new york: a democracy of photographs"), as well as letters written to policemen and firemen; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from The New York Times "Portraits of Grief" series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial. When the renovated and transformed New-York Historical Society opens fully to the public on November 11, 2011, "Remembering 9/11" will be joined by a permanent installation of photographs from "here is new york" in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Approximately 1,500 photographs by 790 contributors will be on display, along with a large fragment of a fire truck destroyed during the 9/11 attack.

Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center - Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2012 - Manhattan

Take a spin around this world-famous rink, below the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and other festive decorations. Check the website for special events.

'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through April 08, 2012 - Manhattan

City Parks Foundation premieres a whimsical new theater piece for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre based on the beloved nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet." "Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service" tells the story of Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original Little Miss Muffet) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly's grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away. As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al, and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance, and numerous surprises.

'The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis' - The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Through April 22, 2012 - Washington Heights

In 1831, a hoard of luxury goods - including more than 70 chess pieces and several other objects, all made of carved walrus ivory and dating from the 12th century - was unearthed on the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland. More than 30 of the life-sized chess pieces (thereafter known as the Lewis Chessmen), today arguably the most famous chess pieces in the world, will be on display in this exhibit, which takes the form of the endgame of a famous chess match. The fallen pieces, organized by type, are displayed in auxiliary cases along the edges of the room. The Lewis Chessmen are known in popular culture from their appearance in the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Vital Theatre Company Presents "Angelina Ballerina The Musical" - McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Through April 22, 2012 - Upper West Side

Angelina and her friends are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. They will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig, and of course, ballet, for their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS®.

Hip N Hop Babies - Next Evolution
Through April 24, 2012 - Upper East Side

This one-of-a-kind 45-minute class brings music to life for babies and toddlers.

Black History Month Exhibit - Madame Tussauds New York
Through April 30, 2012 - Manhattan

This special interactive exhibit in celebration of Black History Month will feature a new wax likeness of Aretha Franklin (unveiling on February 2 at 10am). The exhibit will also feature some of history's most influential African-American musicians and performers in a special setting, inviting guests to interact with and pose for photos with Billie Holiday; play the harmonica alongside a young Stevie Wonder; stand at the microphone with the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown, as be belts out a tune; and join "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in a duet. Visitors can also browse biographical information and historical facts on each performer.

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace - Hudson River Museum
Through May 05, 2012 - Yonkers

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace is the first major museum exhibition dedicated to this mid-career, self-taught artist. The exhibit shows the dramatic, biographical nature of Rembert's art as it documents the tumultuous moments of civil rights history. More than 50 original works that Rembert created from stretched, stained, and etched leather, historical photographs of his life, and a new documentary of his work, created by noted filmmaker Vivian Ducat, will be on view. In the galleries, traditional gospel music, pivotal for Rembert, will be heard in recordings, and Rembert will both sing gospel songs and discuss his experiences in the galleries on several dates. Rembert, a boy growing up in 1950s rural Georgia, did backbreaking labor in the cotton fields. As a young man, he barely escaped arrest during a 1960's civil rights march, and survived a near lynching. A prisoner serving an unjust seven-year sentence, he learned to make pattern and design on hand tooled leather by watching a fellow inmate create tooled leather wallets. Years later in colorful tableaux on tanned leather, Rembert conjured a world of incredible brutality and close personal ties existing in discomforting proximity. Amazing Grace's riveting themes include the Cotton Field series, where cotton balls snake relentlessly through rows where field hands toiled. Another theme explores the lighter side of Rembert's memories of small town Cuthbert, Georgia. He populates his canvases with the town's characters and scenes of a pool hall, jazz club, cafe, and church meetings. The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum and curated by Bartholomew F. Bland. Through May 5.

'Storytelling in Japanese Art' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 06, 2012 - Manhattan

Japan has enjoyed a long tradition of storytelling through paintings and illustrated books, which continues today in the popular art of manga (comic books for children and adults). Showcasing more than 90 vibrant works drawn from the New York Public Library and other local collections, as well as works from the Metropolitan's own holdings, this exhibit traces the rich history of illustrated narratives that thrived in the medieval and early modern periods of Japan. The focus of the exhibition is some 20 rare, illustrated handscrolls called emaki.

'Alice in Wonderland' - The Players Theatre
Through May 20, 2012 - Manhattan

Tumble down the rabbit hole with the wild, wacky, and whimsical cast of characters in this new one-hour musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell. Frolic with Alice as she dances her way through Lewis Carroll's legendary tale, meet the White Rabbit (if you can catch him!), and don't forget to bow to the Queen of Hearts (or she'll chop off your head!). There is a pre-show arts workshop open to families an hour before each performance (included with ticket price). Tickets can be purchased through theatremania.com or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater's box office, which opens at 11am daily. For more information on the show, visit aliceinthevillage.com.

'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side

This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.

Vital Theatre Company Presents: "Pinkalicious, The Musical" - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of her predicament.

"Latin Roots: East Harlem" and "Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem" - Dwyer Cultural Center
Through June 30, 2012 - Harlem

"Latin Roots: East Harlem," a multimedia public art exhibit, celebrates East Harlem's cultural and historical importance by honoring seven remarkable local heroes. The stories of the honorees are told by New York City public school students. "Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem," a visual art exhibit reflects a vibrant and thriving landscape of art in El Barrio. With works by emerging and mid-career artists who make the neighborhood their home, the exhibit captures the sounds, colors, cadences, textures, and people of the East Harlem mosaic, celebrating its joys and its pathos.

Bird Walk - New York Botanical Garden
Through June 30, 2012 - Bronx

The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with expert Debbie Becker, searching for birds of the season and learning about bird-friendly plants that provide food, shelter, and nesting sites. Meet at the Reflecting Pool.

“Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models” - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through July 08, 2012 - Clinton

This exhibit, which examines the detailed process of building model ships, consists of dozens of artifacts, including model ships, vintage toy ships, a variety of antique model kit boxes, a mock-up of a modeler's workbench showing the building of a model ship, and illustrations that demonstrate how models are constructed. Among the highlights of the exhibit are large-scale models of the Battleship New Jersey, which served during WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world. A modeler's workbench offers a peek at the tools of the trade, while World War II nautical toys illustrate children's fascination with ships. From wartime cardboard models to ships in bottles, the exhibit highlights the dexterity, ingenuity, and artistry embodied in these popular collectors' items.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters, the Musical" - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through July 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this open-ended Off-Broadway musical features everyone's favorite bear family in a live show, plus a free post-show dance party, face painting, and photos with the Berenstain Bears.

"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

This exhibit launches visitors into the exciting future of space exploration as it boldly speculates on humanity's next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a full-sized recreation of a lunar habitat, a model of an elevator reaching up into space, a walk-through diorama of the Martian surface, and challenging interactive simulations. See authentic equipment and models of historic spacecraft from select voyages in the past. Learn about robotic missions that are currently headed deeper into our own solar system and what they might reveal. And explore some possible missions of the future: mining the Moon, landing on and deflecting a potentially deadly asteroid, and even establishing colonies on Mars.

Sam Eaton Presents 'The Quantum Eye' Magic & Mentalism Show - Theatre 80
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

In this longest running Off-Broadway magic show, Sam Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, mixing extraordinary ability, humor, and audience participation to make for a different performance every time.

"Dialog in the Dark" - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This groundbreaking exhibit will lead visitors through a series of New York City environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.

Sha'Baby Shabbat - Romemu
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

Sha'Baby engages your child's special energy to warm him/her up for creating sacred time during Shabbat. Dancing, laughing, praying, and singing are all a part of this special Shabbat service.

New York TV & Movie Sites Tour - On Location Tours
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This tour showcases more than 40 locations from some of the most famous places seen on screen, including sites from "Friends," "Blue Bloods," "Seinfeld," "Enchanted," "Spider-Man," "I Am Legend," "Men in Black," and "The Devil Wears Prada."

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

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